White Eyelet Romper

Is anyone else trying to wear as much white as they can before Labor Day?! I am SO not ready for summer to be over… for most schools in my county it’s the dreaded first week of school (which unfortunately means a hundred times more traffic for me).

Anyway, I wanted to share this beautiful white eyelet romper that I wore out to dinner this weekend. How cute is the open back?! I loved this new twist on the romper –it’s unlike anything else that I own. I almost felt like I was just wearing shorts and a tee it was that comfortable! It was also an easy transition outfit from dinner to an evening on the town.

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Romper: Nordstrom, $78 (also love this one on sale)
Wedges: Lilly Pulitzer, $198 (similar, similar)
Clutch: Francesca’s, old (similar, similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot, $39 (similar for $7)
Bracelets: Nordstrom, prices vary $28+
Cuff: My Stella & Dot, $98 (similar for $19)
Long necklace: Kendra Scott, $120 (similar, similar)
Short necklace: Kendra Scott, $50
Lip Color: YSL in Corail Fauve, $36

I paired this romper with all gold accents and I really love the way that it turned out. It gave my outfit such an effortless look! I also think this would look so cute styled with a jean jacket and some booties for the fall! This year I plan on breaking that “no white after labor day” rule… who’s with me?! 🙂

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Cheers to 26

This past Tuesday I celebrated my 26th birthday! It’s so hard to believe how quickly time flies… I feel like I just turned 21 a few days ago. Believe it or not, I remember my 21st birthday perfectly, but 26 is SO different. I had a low key relaxing day and I even had to go into work (gasp)! No more sleeping in with little to no responsibility, no more staying out until 3 AM and no more over the top birthday celebrations… and I am okay with that. I enjoyed my low key birthday and I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me!

I had a nice work lunch with some of my co-workers… we tried this new spot called Babalu, a Latin American tapas restaurant, which was amazing. I sampled their tacos and empanadas, which were to die for! My boyfriend surprised me with cupcakes and flowers and we went to dinner at Harper’s in South Park. Harper’s is kind of like a steak house but apparently they have amazing brick oven pizza as well. I opted for the jumbo lump crab cakes (staying true to my Maryland roots). Everything was delicious and I was also surprised again with a pair of Carrie Underwood tickets –SECOND ROW! #GirlCrush (insert heart eyed emoji here)!

I had planned to see Carrie live before the Belk Bowl last December, but it was pouring down rain so we didn’t make it. I was SO bummed –she is one of my favorite artists who I have followed since her American Idol days (inside your heaven anyone?). I have never seen her live, so needless to say I was ecstatic and October 23 can NOT come soon enough! Also, can we just talk about how amazing her style is?! I have NEVER seen her look bad in anything… can’t wait to see what she wears on tour! I’m expecting lots of glam and sequins!

But now for the more important thing; what I wore for my birthday dinner…

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Dress: Nordstrom, $88 (similar, similar)
Lipstick: Smashbox ‘Always On’ Matte Liquid Lipstick in Dream Huge, $24
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties (set of 3, pink, off pink)
Watch: Michael Kors, gift (similar, similar)
Clutch: Steve Madden from Nordstrom, Sold out (similar) also love this one!
Shoes: Steve Madden Carrson heels in Sand Suede, $89
Earrings: My Stella & Dot, old (almost identical)

I loved the silhouette of this dress.. I got so many compliments! It’s something totally different from what I would normally wear (feeling a little more grown up). I just loved the asymmetrical hem detail and the ruching across the torso. Overall I just thought it was super flattering and can’t wait to wear it again for a friend’s wedding in October!

Hope ya’ll enjoy your Thursday! My sister is coming into town tonight so the birthday celebrations will continue!

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Monday Must Have

A Boho Chic Dress

I found this dress on sale about a week ago and fell in love with the fun colors and unique pattern. This piece is unlike anything I currently owned, so I could justify spending a little extra on it (plus I’ve already worn it 3 times)! It makes for a great work or a fun date night dress. You could also make it a bit more casual with a cute pair of flats.

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Dress: Anthropologie, sold out (shop similar below)
Shoes: Steve Madden, 4 years old (similar)
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, prices vary
Link bracelet: Francesca’s, $22
Earrings: Forever 21, old (similar, also LOVE these -get on the waitlist!)
Ring: Baublebar, $34 (sold out, similar here)
Lip Gloss: Bare Minerals, $18 (color: Forbidden)

Of course when things go on sale, there is always a good chance that they will sell out (especially online). This dress is no exception. Although I was able to find it in store, there weren’t any available to purchase online. However, I still wanted to share and I pulled some other similar options with more fun patterns and colors!

I wore this outfit out to dinner at Cabo Fish Taco this weekend. Have any of you been there?! It is to DIE for! They have the most amazing crab dip (and being from Maryland, ya’ll know I am picky about my seafood). This dress was the perfect pick for our Mexican dinner in Charlotte’s art district (NoDa). There are several things that I love about this dress; 1. My favorite has to be the softness of the material. It’s rayon with a rayon lining and the swing silhouette makes it even more flow-y and comfy! 2. The intricate beading and design really make this dress unique. The details are so beautiful and the different colors work together to make a stunning design.

As promised, shop similar boho chic dresses below:

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The best thing about these options is that most of them (all but #6) could be used as transitional dresses into the fall. These would look so cute paired with a jean jacket and over the knee boots!

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Casual Friday (Denver Style)

By now I am sure that most of you have read my Denver Diaries post and saw a lot of my pictures… but now on to the more important stuff: what I wore! For this post, I teamed up with my gorgeous sister Haley who has a fun, unique style of her own. I look to her whenever I am feeling bold and want to try a new style. She is always looking fabulous and our casual Friday in Denver was no exception, so I wanted to feature her on today’s post.

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Top: Buckle, $16
Sweater: Buckle, $32 -ON SALE!
Jeans: Kancan from TJMAXX (similar, similar)
Shoes: JLo @ Kohls, out of stock (similar, similar)
Ring: Michael Kors, gift (similar)
Bracelet: Michael Kors, gift (similar)
Necklace: Gypsy Sisters Boutique (links to their FB)

Haley gets a lot of her clothes from Buckle -one of her favorite stores. Have any of ya’ll shopped there before? Personally, I never had. The store is just so overwhelming and at first glance, it doesn’t really seem to fit my style. However, I admire Haley for her fashion ‘chances’ as she is ALWAYS able to find the cutest things there! You really have to look through everything, but I have also found some pieces there that I love! Going into fall, they always have the BEST sweaters. It’s good to have your staple black, white and navy cardigans, but if you’re looking for something a little more fun and trendy I would definitely recommend Buckle!

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Shirt: Nordstrom in Purple Bramble, $25
Scarf: Nordstrom, Sold Out (similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom #NSALE, sold out (similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden, $39
Watch: Nordstrom –Nixon, from #NSALE (similar for $19)
Necklace: Stella & Dot Engravable, $59
Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties, prices vary
Earrings: My Stella & Dot, sold out (similar)

My t-shirt is seriously the softest ever! I posted about it in my #NSALE post and I can’t get enough! It’s honestly the PERFECT casual tee, and I LOVE this burgundy color for fall. Most of my outfit is from the #NSALE so unfortunately prices have gone up but make sure to check out the similar options that are a little bit more affordable. Last but not least, a huge shout out to my beautiful baby sister for letting me feature her today! I am sure that she will be back soon!

Hope ya’ll have a good weekend! I am off to one of my favorite places today can you guess where?!

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The Denver Diaries

First Day in Denver

I can honestly say that this is one of the most beautiful places I have been fortunate enough to visit in the U.S. My brother Josh moved out to Denver about a year ago and this was the first chance I had to go out and visit him. I am not going to lie, when he first moved I was really sad. I was so used to having him on the East Coast, being able to go to his football games every other weekend and at least being within driving distance. But after visiting for 4 days (with a mini trip to Vail), I can totally see why he moved.

Thursday was a long day… I went into work early, left to go to the dentist to get 3 cavities filled, went back to work, then left early to drive to the airport. After 2 hours on a plane, a 1-hour layover, and 2 more hours on another plane, I finally landed in Denver. I met my grandma and sister who were coming in from Baltimore and Josh took us to our hotel. Needless to say, I was exhausted!

Friday morning we had breakfast at the hotel (I love a good, free breakfast). Let me just say, if you are a hotel that doesn’t have complimentary breakfast, you are doing it wrong! We went for a walk around Washington Park and the beautiful gardens there. It was overcast, but that didn’t stop anyone from coming out to enjoy the morning. I got the vibe that Denver is such an active town –there were a ton of people out walking their dogs and babies, running, playing tennis, doing yoga, biking, etc. I had to ask myself if anyone there even had to go into work on a Friday?!

Here’s the family (minus Erin):

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and the little (taller) siblings: Haley, Josh and myself

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We then had to stop at Starbucks of course… just to see if it was any different from the ones on the East Coast… (they aren’t). The one we went to in Cherry Creek Shopping Center was really cool though… I got some fun interior design ideas from there –very cozy with rustic decor.

Josh’s girlfriend Erin had to work Friday, so we met her for lunch at Cherry Cricket after Starbucks. If you are ever out in Denver and have the chance to go there I recommend the Turkey Reuben sandwich or cricket burger… YUM! (Most of what we did out there revolved around food, but that was quite okay with me)! After lunch we went back to Josh and Erin’s apartment to spend some quality family time. Right next to his apartment was “The Herbal Cure” –definitely different seeing those shops out there! It was raining a little so we stayed inside and played a “friendly” game of cards. Note to self: Josh is competitive, don’t be his card partner unless you are prepared to stress yourself out.

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Once Erin got off work we walked over to this cute little bistro, Kaos for dinner. It was a beautiful, quaint pizzeria with outdoor seating in these lush, over the top gardens. All of the ingredients they served in their food were natural, and their Margherita pizza? YES PLEASE! So delicious! I made sure to try some of their local brews as well.

Off to Vail!

The next morning we got up early and started our trek to Vail, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. The drive wasn’t bad –a little less than two hours, and lots of beautiful sights to see along the way.

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We stayed right outside of Vail Village in the fabulous Ritz Carlton. It was a little chilly, slightly rainy and overcast but that didn’t stop us from taking the gondola up to the top of the Rocky Mountains. Visibility wasn’t great but the views were still breathtaking! Of course we all had to stop and take pictures! We then took a 2.5 mile hike across the mountain and back before finally getting some lunch.

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We ate at Garfinkel’s Sports Bar (or Garf’s as most call it) in Lionshead Village. Located right at the bottom of the mountain and ski slopes, the sun finally came out and we were able to catch some rays. I loved the small mountain town feeling of the restaurant -I even felt somewhat like a local!

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Once the sun came out and it warmed up, we were able to spend the rest of the day by the pool. After taking showers and getting ready, we headed out to explore Vail Village a little more. We were being total tourists -stopping every few feet for a photo op. And the sunset –oh my goodness, beautiful! We then HAD to do some souvenir shopping (I got a cute t-shirt) as if I needed any more clothes! If you ever visit check out Charlie’s T-shirts. Next we headed to dinner at Bully Ranch which I LOVED! It definitely had a mountain ranch feel with a rustic, country vibe. The decor was over the top with wood beam ceilings and antler chandeliers. My recommendations: Chicken Pot Pie or Buffalo Burger = delicious! Back at the condo we watched Women’s Volleyball in the Olympics and then called it a night. See below for our pictures from Saturday night:

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Back to Denver

Sunday morning we packed everything up and headed back to Denver. I really did not want to leave Vail (of course it was warm and sunny when we left)! I would love to head back in the winter when I would be able to snowboard the mountain.

We stopped by the Farmer’s Market on our way back. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I went to the Farmer’s Market, but I was quickly reminded how much I loved sampling all of the local products and fresh produce. Or course the first thing I did was look up Charlotte’s Farmer Market on my phone (I have plans to go this Sunday).

We were able to walk back to Josh and Erin’s apartment and stopped at The Duffeyroll Cafe to get some iced tea and cinnamon rolls. What an amazing recommendation… they had a variety of different cinnamon rolls (my weakness), it was so hard to not bring a frozen “Bake at Home Pan” back with me!

Back at the apartment, we watched more of the olympics and made some sandwiches and quesadillas for lunch. For dinner, we headed over to Erin’s Mom’s house a little bit early for some more pool time. (P.S. how cute is Erin’s nephew?!)

I was introduced to Spike Ball, which is such a fun game! It would be way too hard to explain, but take my word –you have to try it. I can’t wait to get a kit for myself! I think it would be so much fun to play at the beach. It keeps you moving/active and it can get pretty darn competitive (or maybe that’s just because of the people I was playing with). For dinner we had grilled chicken, corn salad, seasoned potatoes and watermelon arugula salad. EVERYTHING was so delicious, I am so thankful that Erin’s mom invited us all over. It was great to get to meet most of her family as well. She is one of seven so there were a ton of people for us to meet, but it was fun getting to know them over family dinner.

Before heading back to the hotel, we figured that we might as well make one more ice cream stop at Pinkberry. Although it’s a frozen yogurt place, it was still delicious and I was able to select from tons of fresh toppings.

Next came the dreaded Monday Morning and it was time for us to head out to the airport. The time difference kind of messed me up -I was traveling from 8:00 AM until 7:30 PM. (I did have a layover though). Overall, it was a fun-filled trip with lots of family and fun. Josh and Erin were amazing hosts and I can’t wait to go back out there and visit again!

Check out the rest of my photos here:

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More to come on my Denver outfit details!

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Elegant Prints

This romper was PERFECT for my Restaurant Week date night! I love restaurant week because you can experience fancy, upscale dining for about half the price! And of course it’s always a great excuse to dress up and feel good about yourself :).

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DSCN1413Romper: Nordstrom, $145
Body Necklace: Kendra Scott, old (similar for $18, similar for $10)
Earrings: Kendra Scott, $80 (I also love these for $10!)
Wedges: Target, $32
Bracelets: Nordstrom, set of 3 for $65 at #NSALE (sold out now but check back!)
Pink Bracelet: Nordstrom, $34

I found this romper at Nordstrom and originally picked it up because I just loved the sweet, elegant print. It almost reminds me of a watercolor painting (which I obviously loved since I enjoy painting). The price was a little steep for me, but I just loved the way it fit and the chiffon material made it so comfortable, so I splurged a little with this one. It was definitely worth it though… I kept getting compliments all night!

I was a little concerned about the deep v-neck and thought it may be a little too low but I think it showed just enough skin and not too much, keeping this outfit classy and dressy. There was a clasp to hold the v-neck together but I was able to take out the thread and sew it back on a little bit higher up so it wasn’t as low cut.

I know for most of you this is probably out of your price range, so I did some digging and found a lot more affordable options with similar bright, elegant, floral prints. Shop my picks below:

P.S. ALL of them are under $50!!

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Happy hump day! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week!

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